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Delaware The Green History Photo

House on The Green, Dover, Delaware 1938.

Vachon, John, Photographer, #LC-USF34- 008497-D, Library of Congress, American Memory




Historical Museum Guide for Delaware

A directory of Historical Museums in Delaware, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Delaware?  A visit to these Delaware history museums and historical societies will allow you to soak up some Delaware history and culture while you are there.  Visit a historical museum and gain insight into the history of your Delaware ancestors and the way they lived.

Some Delaware history museums have virtual tours, histories, genealogy data and historic photos to view online and these have been included to allow you to visit some Delaware historic sites from the comfort of your home.

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Delaware History Museums

Kent County

Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village  [Virtual Tour]

Devoted to the preservation and exhibit of the agricultural history of Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula.  Not only a museum full of exhibits but there is a very nice replicated 1890s rural village to explore as you step back in time.

Visit at 866 N. DuPont Highway in Dover, DE.

Delaware Public Archives

John Dickinson Plantation  [Photo Tour]

Once home to John Dickinson (a founding father and signer of the Constitution), the historic home and plantation offers tours with interpreters in historic dress.  The home was built ca 1740 and remained in the family until the 20th Century.    Located at 340 Kitts Hummock Rd in Dover, DE.

Johnson Victrola Museum  [Photo Tour]

Learn about the development of the sound recording industry beginning with the wonderful talking machine.  View exhibits of antique phonographs, memorabilia, recordings and other artifacts.  The museum is a memorial to inventor E. R. Johnson.

Museum of Small Town Life

State House Museum


New Castle County

DE First Presbyterian Church

Known as the first Presbyterian Church built in Wilmington, it was erected in 1740.  Built of brick with a gambrel roof, the church was once used as a hospital for wounded American soldiers after the 1777 Battle of the Brandywine.  It was used as a church until 1838 then served as a school, and later a library.  In 1981, it was restored to original condition.  Owned and maintained by the NSCDA in Delaware, it is open for tours once a month or by application.  Located at 1420 West Street in Wilmington, DE.

Delaware History Museum

Located at the Delaware Historical Society in Wilmington, Delaware, the museum offers a plethora of Delaware history for all ages and is housed in an old Woolworth store.

Fort Delaware State Park   [Visit the Fort]

Fort Dupont State Park

George Read House and Gardens

Historic home on The Strand, belonging to George Read II, son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Located at 42 The Strand, New Castle, DE.

Greenbank Mills Living History Museum

Hagley Museum and Library  [Exhibits to see]

Delaware history museum located in Wilmington, DE.  Includes an important collection of manuscripts, photographs, books, pamphlets and documents concerning the history of American technology and business.

Nemours Mansion and Gardens

This 300 acre estate built ca 1909 and home to Alfred I. du Pont is currently being renovated and scheduled to reopen in 2008.  Located on Rockland Road between Children's Drive and Route 202 in Wilmington, DE.

New Castle Court House Museum

New Castle Historic Buildings

Old Swedes Church & Hendrickson House Museum

Old Town Hall Museum

Pencader Heritage Museum

Focus is on the early Welch settlers of Pencader and early families of Pencader. Located at 2029 Sunset Lake Road in Cooch Dayett Mills Complex.

Rockwood Mansion Historic Museum

This lovely English Country Estate Mansion was erected between 1851 and 1854.  Originally built for merchant banker Joseph Shipley, it has been restored, and opened for tours.  Filled with period furnishings and surrounded by beautiful gardens enclosed by a ha ha, it is a delight to behold.  Located at 610 Shipley Road in Wilmington, DE.

Rockford Tower and State Park

Rockford Park features a 100 year old stone water tower.  Located in Wilmington, DE.

Willington Square Gallery

Wilmington and Western Old Steam Railroad

Winterthur - An American Country Estate

Woodburn - Delaware Governor's Historic Home

[Early History & Families who lived at Woodburn]

Built ca 1798 by Charles Hillyard III, the house has been called home by doctors, judges, senators, and since the purchase by the state in 1965, it has been home to 8 Delaware governors.  It is even claimed to be home to a few ghosts.  The home is available for tours and is located at 151 Kings Highway in Dover, DE.


Sussex County

DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum   [Shipwrecks Index]

Lewes Historical Complex

Lightship Overfalls - Historic Ship and Maritime Museum

Marvel Carriage Museum

The museum contains a collection of historic buildings and horse drawn carriages.  Historic buildings include a church, blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse and a barn.  Historical artifacts, photographs, newspapers and memorabilia bring the history of Georgetown to life for visitors.  This life-long love of Nutter D. Marvel is located at 510 S. Bedford Street in Georgetown, DE.

Nanticoke Indian Museum

The museum is housed in a one-room school building.  Focused on the history of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe, the museum features many artifacts of "The People of the Tide Water".  Located at 27073 John J. Williams Highway in Millsboro, DE.

Woodland Ferry - Historical ferry still operating today.

The Zwaanendael Museum


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